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The easiest way to publish Mac software updates with the Sparkle framework to Amazon S3.
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README.md

About Glitter

Glitter is an easy way to publish Mac software updates to an Amazon S3 bucket using the Sparkle framework (http://sparkle.andymatuschak.org/). It was created at Poll Everywhere to eliminate the need maintaining additional server infrastructure for rolling out Mac desktop software updates.

It should also be noted that Glitter uses HTTPS S3 URLs to eliminate the need for the maintiance of public/private keys for Sparkle, which further simplifies the publishing process.

Getting started

  1. Install the gem

    $ gem install glitter
    
  2. Generate a Glitterfile in your project directory

    $ glitter init .
    
  3. Edit the Glitterfile

    # After you configure this file, deploy your app with `glitter push`
    name          "My App"
    version       "1.0.0" # Don't forget, its ruby! This could read a version from a plist file
    archive       "my_app.zip"
    
    s3 {
      bucket_name       "my_app"
      access_key        "access"
      secret_access_key "sekret"
    }
    
  4. Publish your app to the web

    $ glitter push -m 'Added some really cool stuff to the mix!'
    Pushing app my-app-1.0.0.zip
    Asset pushed to https://s3.amazonaws.com/my_app/my-app-1.0.0.zip
    Updated head https://s3.amazonaws.com/my_app/my-app-head.zip to https://s3.amazonaws.com/my_app/my-app-1.0.0.zip
    Updated https://s3.amazonaws.com/my_app/appcast.xml
    
  5. Distribute the link to your app

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/my_app/my-app-head.zip is the "current" version of your application and a history is maintained with https://s3.amazonaws.com/my_app/my-app-1.0.0.zip assets. You'll probably want to link to the "head" asset of your app and keep the older builds around for troubleshooting purposes.

    If you want a vanity URL to distribte your app, setup a redirect like this in nginx:

    rewrite ^/my-app.zip$ https://s3.amazonaws.com/my_app/my-app-head.zip;
    

    Now send your users to mydomain.com/my-app.zip and they'll get the latest version of your app. I don't recommend using a CNAME with your application because it won't work with Amazon's HTTPS servers and you'll have to jump through some hoops to sign your app distributions with a DSA signature. Not worth it in my opinion.

That's it!

License

Copyright (C) 2011 by Brad Gessler

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM,
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